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Autotech Could Help Prevent Car Accidents Involving Delivery Vans

Close to 40% of all car accidents involving delivery vans could be prevented if all vans came equipped with four important safety features.

According  to a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, auto tech could play a key role in helping reduce the number of auto accidents caused by delivery vans in the United States.   Delivery  vans have become a ubiquitous presence on American roads,  and their number has only grown since the pandemic when online purchases became the norm. With the e-commerce boom not expected to slow down anytime soon, it is important for regulators and auto makers to act to make these vehicles safer for all motorists on the road.

Light vans were already a very popular vehicle in the United States, but their popularity has boomed since the pandemic.  As  many as 500,000 such vehicles are sold every year in the United States.  The number of such vehicles simply boomed during the pandemic, spurred by a 43% increase in e-commerce rates.

Light vans may not weigh as much as large trucks, but they are more dangerous to passenger cars on the road because of their size.  A passenger car is more likely to suffer injuries  or be killed in  auto accidents involving light  vans because of the size of these vehicles.  Moreover, these vehicles are also more likely to cause serious injuries or fatalities to pedestrians and bicycles involved in accidents with these cars.  The  researchers also speculate about whether the larger number of light vans  on our roads is one of the  reasons for the recent increase in the number of auto accidents involving pedestrians and bicycles since before the pandemic. These are heavier, taller vehicles than passenger cars, and impact with these vehicles can cause serious injuries to pedestrians.

The  Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that auto technology like front crash prevention systems, lane departure warning systems, intelligence speed assistance and blind spot detection systems could significantly help reduce the number of car accidents involving these vehicles.  The  researchers believe that mandating these features on all vans could help prevent as many as 37% of all fatal auto accidents involving these vans, and 22% of all injurious car accidents involving these vans.

With the craze for online shopping not likely to abate anytime soon, it is important for automakers and lawmakers to work together to help keep all motorists  safe by mandating such safety features in these vehicles.

The  Atlanta car accident lawyers at Katz Personal Injury Lawyers are dedicated to the representation of persons who have suffered injuries in car accidents in the metro Atlanta region and across the state of Georgia. If you  or a loved one have suffered injuries  in a car accident, talk to a lawyer at our firm and discuss your legal options for a claim for damages.  You  may qualify for damages that include medical costs, lost income and other forms of compensation.  Talk  to an attorney at our firm and discuss your case. Initial consultations are free.   

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